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Taunton Titans - Match centre

London Irish Wild Geese
Taunton Titans
Full time
D Frost, A Struminski, N Mason, L Webb, J Fleming
G Kingdom (2), T East
Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South

Titans lose two on the bounce

Taunton were left to rue another poor start and left themselves too much to do.

After a fine start to the season Taunton Titans have been found wanting in the last two weeks and were once again beaten in the first 20 minutes and were playing catch up for the rest of the game. With some great performances in the first couple of months of the season the Titans were well placed but if they continue with this type of form then they won’t be pushing for honours at the end of the season and will be lucky to be a high mid table placed team come the end of April.

The game was full of incidents with 13 tries, 7 yellows and 1 red card and with 7 out of the 8 cards put down as foul play you would expect a fractious, volatile game but the game was played in a great spirit with the only thing that was fractious was the Titans defence.

Taunton wanted to bounce back after last week’s defeat but found themselves under the posts in the first minute as London Irish Wild Geese scored on their 1st attack through full back George Owen, with fly half Alex Seers converting. With the Titans defence and discipline once again one of the issues on Wild Geese 2nd attacked they scored once again this time through winger Chris Hitchcock with Seers adding the extras.

Irish added one more converted try within the first 10 minutes again touched down by Owen and converted by Seers. With a 21 point lead Irish then joined in the spirit of the game with some sloppy defence and allowed Taunton on the score board from a lineout drive which flanker Dan Frost scored with the conversion kicked by Gary Kingdom. The Titans then closed the gap to one score when Aron Struminski intercepted on his own 10 meter line and raced away to dive over with Kingdom kicking the extras.

London Irish claimed their bonus point try on the 20 minute mark through prop Charlie Connor who was at the back of the driving maul before the Geese added another 5 minutes later through scrum half Tom Barker who exploited the gap left by Dan Frost who had been sent to the sin bin for persistent infringement. Both of those tries were converted by Seer to give the home side an unassailable lead 35 – 14. Taunton tried to use the forwards to gain some in roads when they were back to their full complement and Irish reduced to 14 which they did and were rewarded with a penalty try after a maul was collapsed on its way to the line. As most of the half belonged to the Geese it was only fitting that they finished as they started with a try, this one for flanker Tyler Bush just after Titans number 8 Sam Prior took a 10 minute rest on the stroke of half time for a 40 – 21 lead.

The Titans needed to score first if they were going to make inroads to the Irish lead and were close in the first minute as Struminski was felled just short of the line. The visitors kept the pressure on their hosts and Captain Nick Mason went over for the Titans bonus point try. Again Taunton were their own worse enemy when straight from the kick off Irish scored through winger Reon Joseph who was allowed to pluck the kick off out of the air and raced down the line to score.

Like tag team wrestling just as Sam Prior returned to the pitch centre Tom Popham exited but luckily Irish couldn’t take any further advantage. In the next 10 minutes London Irish were reduced to 13 with 2 yellows. At this point the home side were starting to flag and the Titans started to come back into the game with a try for Lewis Webb followed by Jamie Fleming with a conversion by Toby East to reduce the deficit to just 7 points. When the Geese were forced down to 14 permanently with 6 minutes to go the Titans could sense a great escape but for the second week in a row fell short and squandered their chance. With a lineout 5 meters out they tried to drive it over but, and this summed up the day, the call was misread and no one jumped and a knock on was given and the final whistle blown.

There is a break in the league fixtures next weekend for the Titans before they take on 4th placed Redingensians at Commsplus Stadium the following Saturday. With the Warriors who haven’t lost so far this season playing against Bournemouth next Saturday at home there are plenty of players who will be looking to claim a Titans shirt after two successive defeats.

Key moments

13:00
Try Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
14:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
16:00
Try Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
17:00
Conversion Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
44:00
Try Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
61:00
Try Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
71:00
Try Jamie Fleming scores for Taunton Titans
72:00
Conversion Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans

Highlights

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78:00 Yellow Card
Rob Allen is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
72:00 Conversion 0 - 36
Toby East kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
71:00 Try 0 - 34
Jamie Fleming scores for Taunton Titans
61:00 Try 0 - 29
Lewis Webb scores for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub On
James Kenny is substituted on for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub Off
Connor Baker is substituted off for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub On
Chris Francis is substituted on for Taunton Titans
58:00 Sub Off
Alex Spurdle is substituted off for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub Off
Stuart Persey is substituted off for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub On
Rob Allen is substituted on for Taunton Titans
54:00 Sub Off
Connor Banks is substituted off for Taunton Titans
49:00 Yellow Card
Tom Popham is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub On
Dan Frost is substituted on for Taunton Titans
49:00 Sub Off
Jamie Fleming is substituted off for Taunton Titans
44:00 Try 0 - 24
Nick Mason scores for Taunton Titans
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
Sam Prior is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
36:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub On
Jamie Fleming is substituted on for Taunton Titans
33:00 Sub Off
Dan Frost is substituted off for Taunton Titans
28:00 Sub On
Lewis Webb is substituted on for Taunton Titans
28:00 Sub Off
Gary Kingdom is substituted off for Taunton Titans
23:00 Yellow Card
Dan Frost is yellow carded for Taunton Titans
17:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
16:00 Try 0 - 12
Aron Struminski scores for Taunton Titans
14:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Gary Kingdom kicks a conversion for Taunton Titans
13:00 Try 0 - 5
Dan Frost scores for Taunton Titans
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As it happened

  • London Irish Wild Geese
  • Taunton Titans
  • 0
  • Dan Frost Try 13:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 14:00'
  • Aron Struminski Try 16:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Conversion 17:00'
  • Dan Frost Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Lewis Webb Sub On 28:00'
  • Gary Kingdom Sub Off 28:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 33:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub Off 33:00'
  • Penalty Try 36:00'
  • Sam Prior Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Nick Mason Try 44:00'
  • Tom Popham Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Dan Frost Sub On 49:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub Off 49:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Sub On 54:00'
  • Stuart Persey Sub Off 54:00'
  • Rob Allen Sub On 54:00'
  • Connor Banks Sub Off 54:00'
  • James Kenny Sub On 58:00'
  • Connor Baker Sub Off 58:00'
  • Chris Francis Sub On 58:00'
  • Alex Spurdle Sub Off 58:00'
  • Lewis Webb Try 61:00'
  • Jamie Fleming Try 71:00'
  • Toby East Conversion 72:00'
  • Rob Allen Yellow Card 78:00'

Team selection

Kingdom, Gary Kingdom, Gary
Struminski, Aron Struminski, Aron
Mason, Nick Mason, Nick
Popham, Tom Popham, Tom
Fraser, Freddie Fraser, Freddie
East, Toby East, Toby
Banks, Connor Banks, Connor
Prior, Sam Prior, Sam
Frost, Dan Frost, Dan
Vakalutukali, Watisoni Vakalutukali, Watisoni
Lugg, Blake Lugg, Blake
Persey, Stuart Persey, Stuart
Dalton, Isaac Dalton, Isaac
Spurdle, Alex Spurdle, Alex
Baker, Connor Baker, Connor

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chinnor 11 52
2. Cinderford 11 50
3. Taunton Titans 11 46
4. Redingensians Rams 11 42
5. Bury St Edmunds 11 36
6. Redruth 11 35
7. Canterbury 11 34

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